Sunday 25 February 2018

Fitzgerald joy after Curran leads Mary's to Croker glory

St Mary's Caherciveen 2-10 Hollymount-Carramore 0-10

St Mary's manager Maurice Fitzgerald and Bryan Sheehan following their victory. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
St Mary's manager Maurice Fitzgerald and Bryan Sheehan following their victory. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
St Mary's Aidan Walsh in action against Hollymount-Carramore's Pádraig Feerick. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Legendary Kerry forward Maurice Fitzgerald was glowing as he experienced All-Ireland glory at Croke Park once more, this time as manager of St Mary's.

"It's unbelievable," said Fitzgerald. "It was a huge day for the club. To come back after (five) years and win the intermediate championship, we're delighted.

"I'm just delighted we showed great character. In particular, our full-back line was outstanding in Brian Curran, Ian Casey and Liam Sheehan."

Curran took man-of-the-match honours, while Sheehan must have pushed him close.

Sheehan's brother Bryan was a calming influence and kicked a couple of prodigious points that have become his trademark and which would have done Fitzgerald proud.

Second-half goals from Daniel Daly and Anthony Cournane were vital scores as the Caherciveen men held off a late Hollymount-Carramore rally to claim the spoils.

Paul O'Donoghue got the scoring under way for the Saints before Ian Costello responded with a wonderful effort.


Mary's stretched ahead then as Conor O'Shea and O'Donoghue tacked on points before Bryan Sheehan converted off the deck.

Costello stopped the rot with a sensational point and that seemed to have an inspirational affect as Hollymount added four more points without reply to open up a two-point lead. St Mary's responded with points from Daly and Bryan Sheehan to go in level at the break on 0-6 apiece.

The first goal arrived five minutes after the resumption and started with a vital interception by Curran before Daly blasted to the net.

Cournane showed his predatory instincts nine minutes later when he fisted Niall O'Driscoll's attempt at a point to the net to extend the margin to eight points.

Hollymount made a good fist of reeling them in and scored four points in a row through Robert Molloy, Darren Coen (two) and Kevin Costello.

The goal they needed never looked like coming, though, and St Mary's finished with the last two points from substitutes Liam O'Connell and Darren Casey.

SCORERS - St Mary's: D Daly 1-1; B Sheehan 0-3(1f); A Cournane 1-0; P O'Donoghue 0-2; C O'Shea, S Cournane(f), L O'Connell, D Casey 0-1 each. Hollymount-Carramore: D Coen 0-3(2fs); I Costello, C Keane 0-2 each; R Molloy, B Sheridan, K Costello 0-1 each.

ST MARY'S - A Constable, I Casey, B Curran, L Sheehan, D O'Sullivan, C O'Shea, C Quirke, B Sheehan, D Daly A Wash, N O'Driscoll, P O'Donghue, S Cournane, D Daly, A Cournane. Subs: D Casey for O'Driscoll (48), L O'Connell for Quirke (52), D Keating for Walsh (60).

HOLLYMOUNT-CARRAMORE - N Campbell, R Connolly, D McHugh, D Feerick, P Feerick, R Molloy, B Sheridan, K McNamara, S Coen, K Feerick, I Costello, K Costello, C Keane, D Coen, D Costello. Subs: B Maloney for D Costello (19), C Heneghan for K Feerick (40), D Kelly for Keane (45), L Macken for Connolly (56), C Connolly for I Costello (59), A Fahey for McNamara (60+1).

REF - J Hickey (Carlow)

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